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Title Screen


Also known as: Space War (JP), Space Laser (EU)
Developer: Konami
Publishers: Leijac (JP), Game Plan (NA), Taito (EU)
Platform: Arcade (Konami 8080-based hardware)
Released in JP: December 1979[1]
Released in US: February 1981[2]
Released in EU: November 1980

SourceIcon.png This game has uncompiled source code.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

Two spaceships fire lasers at each other and innocent aliens get caught in the crossfire. Who's the real Intruder, huh???

Uncompiled Code

There are two chunks of source code in the main CPU. The first is at 0x0028:

9280 CNAKA EOU 1558H

The second is at 0x13C6 and corresponds to code at 0x035E to 0x0365 in the main CPU:

1656  SHLD 21A4H
1660  LHLD 21A2H
1664  MOV A,M
1668  S

Version Differences

There are three sets in MAME: spcewarl (Space War), spclaser (Space Laser), and intruder (...Intruder). spclaser and intruder are meant for upright arcade cabinets, and spcewarl is for a cocktail table.

There's evidence of a cocktail table version of Space Laser, though as of this writing that set has yet to be dumped.

Space War has an extra screen in attract mode with Leijac's logo and telephone number. The screen is actually in all versions of the game, but Intruder and Space Laser dummy it out. Put the following cheat in MAME's intruder.xml / spclaser.xml cheat files to re-enable the Leijac screen:

  <cheat desc="Enable Leijac Screen">
    <script state="run">
    <script state="off">
Konami Taito Game Plan
IntruderArcTitleL.png IntruderArcTitleT.png IntruderArcTitle.png

Konami's version is called Space War, Taito's version is Space Laser, and Game Plan's version is Intruder.

Cocktail Upright
IntruderArcInsertCoinC.png IntruderArcInsertCoinU.png

The cocktail versions (like spcewarl) have support for 1 or 2 players, while the upright versions (spcwar and intruder) are 1-player only. The code to support Player 2 is in all versions, and MAME even has 2-player support for these sets, but the actual upright cabinet only had one joystick and one fire button.

Cocktail Upright
IntruderArcGameplayC.png IntruderArcGameplayU.png

Space War prints information for Player 1 and Player 2 upside-down on the bottom of the screen, since it's for a cocktail table and all. The upright versions delete Player 2's information and replaces the text at the bottom of the screen with a "floor", the game's name, and the publisher info. Note that Taito Corp is credited even in the Game Plan version.